The Best Luxury Accommodation And Five Star Hotels In Donegal

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Photo left: By Catherine. Photo right: By Natalie. (on Airbnb)

If you’re in search of the best luxury and 5 star hotels in Donegal, you’ve landed in the right place.

Donegal offers incredible opportunities to indulge in some luxury accommodation, as you’ll know if you read our Donegal accommodation guide.

From stunning castle estates with fine dining and day spas to beautiful homes to rent right on the Atlantic coast, you’ll find the perfect luxury accommodation for your weekend escape. 

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The Best 4 and 5 Star Hotels In Donegal

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Donegal is known for its rugged coastline and stunning natural beauty along one of the most spectacular sections of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Whether you’re planning on exploring all day long or after a more reclusive and relaxing stay, below you’ll find the best 5 star hotels in Donegal for those of you willing to splurge on some extra luxury.

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1. Lough Eske Castle

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If you’re ready to splurge on a completely luxurious stay at one of the best hotels in Donegal, this is our top choice.

Lough Eske Castle Hotel is a five-star spa resort on the edge of the lake just a short drive from Donegal town.

Their lavish castle and garden suites are all about traditional elegance, but they still boast all the modern amenities you’re after. 

You can enjoy the beautifully manicured gardens, the world class restaurant and bar or spend some time relaxing in the magnificent spa all on the estate grounds.

Whether you’re happy to relax at the hotel or eager to get out and explore Donegal town, Lough Eske Castle is ideal for a completely luxurious experience. 

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2. Harvey’s Point

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Photo via Harvey’s Point Hotel

Just outside of Donegal town on the edge of Lough Eske, Harvey’s Point luxury spa hotel is a stunning location for a holiday. 

The idyllic estate looks out over the water with the backdrop of the beautiful Bluestack mountains. They have 64 spacious suites which are designed with both comfort and luxury in mind. 

It also boasts a fine dining experience at the restaurant, bar and terrace where you can enjoy exquisite food with a view. If you’re after complete relaxation, then spending some time in their wellness and treatment suite is a must.

They offer treatments with natural and organic products from facials to massages with their experienced therapist. 

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3. The Shandon Hotel

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The Shandon is often considered one of the best spa hotels in Ireland. This four-star hotel and spa is set on the spectacular Sheephaven Bay, with incredible sea views.

It’s the perfect spot if you’re exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, with Dunfanaghy and Horn Head just a short drive away. 

They offer a range of rooms to suite couples as well as families, with some boasting breathtaking views.

A true highlight of a stay here is the chance to enjoy their spa and beauty centre with a range of treatments and relaxing amenities to get you to completely disconnect and recharge.

You don’t want to miss their Canadian outdoor hot tub, from where you can sit back and enjoy the stunning views over the surrounding area. 

4. The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa

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Photo via the Sandhouse Hotel

You can escape to the quiet seaside village of Rossnowlagh, with a stay at this incredible four-star hotel and spa.

Located right on the edge of the Blue Flag beach, The Sandhouse is just a short drive south of Donegal town.

They offer a variety of beautiful rooms, either facing the ocean in front of the property or the hills behind.

You can enjoy some fine dining at the onsite restaurant or retreat to their Marine Spa where you can indulge in a range of face and body treatments. 

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Luxury Accommodation In Donegal

OK, so we’re going to move on from the 4 and 5 star hotels in Donegal to a section that tackles luxury accommodation.

Below, you’ll find some of the swankiest self-catering accommodation in Donegal, with several rivaling the fanciest of hotels.

1. Luxury Downings Accommodation with sea views

Luxury Downings Accommodation with sea views
Photos by Natalie on Airbnb

For a luxurious stay right on Sheephaven Bay, this family holiday home is perfect for large groups.

The recently renovated place has seven bedrooms suitable for up to 16 guests with eight bathrooms to share.

The beautifully modern interior has an open plan kitchen and dining room with a cosy log burner and a living room that boasts sea views.

Of an evening, you can easily stroll along the beach to the harbour and the award-winning seafood restaurant. It’s the ideal place for a relaxing family getaway in complete style.

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2. Stunning Bundoran Home on the Atlantic edge

Stunning Bundoran home on the Atlantic edge
Photos by Oonagh on Airbnb

You can’t get much closer to the beach than this beautiful home. Situated just 50 metres from the Atlantic Ocean just south of Bundoran on the old Sligo Road.

It’s the ideal escape if you want to be able to surf or fish all day and come back to a slice of luxury every evening. The modern house has five bedrooms that sleeps up to 14 people comfortably. 

A highlight of the design is the large conservatory at the front of the house with panoramic views out over the Atlantic.

If the weather is nice, you can also head outside to the patio areas to enjoy the views with the company of your family and friends.

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3. Bayview Downings 

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If you want to be equally close to the beach and the nearest pub, then this luxury four-bedroom penthouse in the popular seaside village of Downings is perfect.

It’s located on an elevated site with stunning views out of the large windows in the open plan lounge and dining area. 

The interior of this luxury home is starkly modern with polished furniture and bright white walls.

You can walk down to the beach within two minutes or down the street to the nearest pub and restaurant for a feed and a pint after a day spent exploring. 

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4. Salt House

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Photos by Catherine on Airbnb

This stunning yet comfortable home oozes class. The ultra-modern three-bedroom house is located in Rossnowlagh on the Atlantic coast, making it a perfect base for exploring Donegal with your family or small group of friends.

It’s front patio and glass front dining and living room offers exceptional views of the surrounding area down to the ocean. I

t’s hosted by an interior designer, so you know that the rooms are going to be equally polished and live-able.

Despite its luxurious feel, it’s also surprisingly affordable so you won’t have to part with too much of your savings for a night. 

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5. Breasty Bay 

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Photo via Emma on Airbnb

Breasty Bay is a truly incredible place to stay. If you’re after complete luxury, seclusion and exceptional views, then this large three-bedroom home on a private waterfront estate is hard to beat.

Spectacularly set near Malin Head you can enjoy fishing, dolphin watching and stargazing from the property grounds. 

The estate even comes with its own bragging rights, as it was used for the filming of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2016 and is where the Falcon was constructed.

Back at the house, you can enjoy the open plan living and beautiful interior with exposed roof beams and large glass windows looking onto the beautiful landscape.

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Wait, Surely There Are More 5 Star Hotels In Donegal?

If you’re scratching your head and thinking that there’s definitely waaaaay more 5 star hotels in Donegal, then you’re not alone.

When we went out to write this guide we were sure there was 2 – 3 5 star hotels in Donegal, but that isn’t the case.

In fact, Lough Eske Castle is the only 5 star hotel in Donegal. Now, there are a couple that, in our opinion, are leaning towards 5 star status but, at the time of writing, they’re not there yet.

So, if you’re looking for 5 star hotels in Donegal and you don’t fancy Lough Eske, your best bet is to rent one of the very fancy Airbnbs mentioned above.

Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.

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